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Sacramento to Minneapolis via Boulder

driving   /   5 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Sacramento to Minneapolis road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Sacramento to Minneapolis. If you're planning a road trip to Minneapolis, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Sacramento
drive for about 2.5 hours

12:33 pm  Reno
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:33 pm
drive for about 4 hours

5:40 pm  Elko
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Elko
drive for about 3.5 hours

2:18 pm  Salt Lake City
stay overnight at Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
drive for about 5.5 hours

3:38 pm  Laramie
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:38 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

6:57 pm  Boulder
eat at Frasca Food and Wine
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from Boulder
drive for about 2 hours

12:11 pm  Sterling (Colorado)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:11 pm
drive for about 6 hours

7:07 pm  Omaha
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from Omaha
drive for about 2 hours

11:58 am  Des Moines
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:58 pm
drive for about 4 hours

4:46 pm  arrive in Minneapolis
stay at Radisson Hotel Bloomington By Mall of America

day 5 driving ≈ 6 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Reno  (38 answers)
    Truckee River  (2 mentions)
    Peppermill Resort Spa Casino  (2 mentions)
    questions about Reno:
        What's the best neighborhood in Reno for a first time visitor?
        Dog-friendly hotels in Reno?

Elko  (8 answers)

Salt Lake City  (84 answers)
    Temple Square  (8 mentions)
    Liberty Park  (5 mentions)
    Tracy Aviary  (3 mentions)
    Red Butte Garden & Arboretum  (2 mentions)
    The Beehive House  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Salt Lake City:
        Red Iguana
        Maxwell's East Coast Eatery
        Pig and A Jelly Jar
    hotels around Salt Lake City:
        Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
        Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown
        The Grand America Hotel
        The Little America Hotel Salt Lake City
        Off-Broadway Studios
    questions about Salt Lake City:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Salt Lake City?
        What's the best, cant-miss meal in Salt Lake City?
        Centrally-Located Hotels in Salt Lake City?
        Winter time activities in Salt Lake City
        Places to bar hop and night life in SLC?

Laramie  (6 answers)
    questions about Laramie:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Laramie?

Boulder  (41 answers)
    Mesa Verde National Park  (7 mentions)
    Chautauqua Park  (5 mentions)
    Eldorado Canyon  (2 mentions)
    Avery Brewing Company  (2 mentions)
    Celestial Seasonings  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Boulder:
        Frasca Food and Wine
        Pearl Street Mall
        The Mediterranean
        Jax Fish House Boulder
        Illegal Pete's
    questions about Boulder:
        Where to dine apr├Ęs-ski???
        Fun solo adventures in Boulder?
        Local, non-touristy gems in Boulder?
        Unique activities for parents visiting this weekend
        Places to take my grand children during the summer in Boulder?

Sterling (Colorado)

Omaha  (24 answers)
    Henry Doorly Zoo  (8 mentions)
    Joslyn Art Museum  (3 mentions)
    Lauritzen Gardens  (2 mentions)
    The Durham Museum  (2 mentions)
    Omaha Children's Museum  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Omaha:
        M's Pub
        Stokes Grill & Bar Wood Fired Foods
        801 Chophouse at The Paxton
        Lo Sole Mio Ristorante
    questions about Omaha:
        Best free things to do in Omaha?
        Dog friendly hotels
        TT Best Free Overnight

Des Moines  (21 answers)
    questions about Des Moines:
        What's the best neighborhood in Des Moines for a first time visitor?
        Any good hiking spots in or near Des Moines?


Where's the best place to stay in Minneapolis?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Minneapolis.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Radisson Hotel Bloomington By Mall of America, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

Want to research more popular hotels in Minneapolis? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Minneapolis?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Bachelor Farmer, which was mentioned 10 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

112 Eatery  (8 mentions)
Sea Salt Eatery  (7 mentions)
Midtown Global Market  (6 mentions)
Psycho Suzi's  (6 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Minneapolis? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Minneapolis?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Lake Calhoun  (23 mentions)
Lake Harriet  (21 mentions)
Lake Of The Isles  (17 mentions)
Minnehaha Falls  (10 mentions)
Minnehaha Park  (8 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Minneapolis. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Minneapolis?  (26 answers)

profile  Bianca from Miami asked:
Is the Mall of America worth visiting?  (16 answers)

profile  Keith from Denver asked:
Fine dining in Minneapolis?  (8 answers)

profile  Tandy from Miami asked:
What are the best lakes in and/or around Minneapolis?  (8 answers)

profile  Liv from Cape Cod asked:
What are your favorite restaurants in Minneapolis?  (7 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Minneapolis.




Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Minneapolis to Sacramento drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Sacramento to Minneapolis. Or get a full Sacramento to Minneapolis flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Sacramento well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Sacramento!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 2,094 miles
driving time of 30 hours, 25 minutes
58 Sacramento travel answers
38 Reno travel answers
8 Elko travel answers
84 Salt Lake City travel answers
6 Laramie travel answers
41 Boulder travel answers
1 Sterling (Colorado) travel answer
24 Omaha travel answers
21 Des Moines travel answers
57 Minneapolis travel answers





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